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Does online learning work?

August 10th, 2017
Recent result show that to help learners reach their academic goals, parents are turning to a hybrid classroom that involves a combination of online education and private tutoring, with promising results.
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The modern classroom is forever evolving, and as life becomes more demanding, so too does school and the pressure to perform well. To help learners reach their goals and to help support them academically, many parents turn to tutors, online education or a combination of both, with some promising results.

According to ThoughtCo, various studies have respectively found that students who took all their classes online or applied a “blended learning” approach outperformed their classroom-only peers.

“Online education is shifting to keep up with the demands of the classroom, and to meet the needs of learners who are looking for flexible and effective teaching to enhance and supplement their in-class lessons,” says Claudia Swartzberg, CEO of Top Dog Education.

In 2008, the New York Times reported on a study that found “Online Education Beats the Classroom, and a recent study conducted at Portland State University confirms that self-learning  (either alone or in conjunction with some classroom time) is much better than classroom time alone.

Swartzberg shares some of the key benefits of online learning:

  • Flexibility: Learning can happen any time during the day or on weekends, and students aren’t bound by a tutor’s timetable, or set scheduled lessons. This means they can learn or revise after extra-murals, on weekends, or during holidays – whenever suits them.
  • Full subject offering: Whether your child needs Maths help in grade five, or support for English in Matric, they’re covered.
  • Personalised structure: No two students are the same, which is why no two students will see the same course material. Top Dog, for one, features adaptive technology, which modifies the content, depending on how a learner performs and what they best respond to. Therefore, every student will see the right content, at the right time, at the right level of difficulty.
  • Diverse and rich content for every learning preference: Some learners prefer studying and learning by reading and summaries, others find video lessons and audio tutorials more engaging or would rather revise though mock exams and quizzes, online learning is flexible enough to accommodate these for optimum reinforcement.
  • Learning in a comfortable environment: Some learners are better able to absorb material when going through it at home in their own time, without the pressure and stress that can come from being in a classroom.

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